Expanding the Table for Justice

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What issues impact you and your community?

What work still needs to be done to create lasting change?

What may the ACLU of Colorado do?

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ACLU of Colorado recently launched an initiative, Expanding the Table for Justice (ETFJ), to gather input from people throughout Colorado and get a clear understanding of what problems occur in our state’s local communities as they  relate to civil rights and civil liberties. The statewide listening tour launched in July and will continue into early 2022. Once the tour is complete, ACLU of Colorado will publish a public report of the feedback received and use the report to guide our work over the next three years.

Expanding the Table for Justice is centered around these founding principles:

  • A Community First Approach: Community is where it begins. We cannot prioritize our work until we understand what people in our state are experiencing and where they see the ACLU in the fight for change.
  • Big Picture Vision: Our goal is to find out how can we put our tables together to strengthen our collective efforts to create lasting change throughout Colorado?
  • Listen: Much of our work over the past few years has been in response to attacks on our civil rights and civil liberties.. As we look forward it is our duty to listen to what Colorado communities continue to experience.


Phases and Format:

Phase Format Topics
Phase 1

(July 1-July 31)

Primarily virtual conversations on Zoom with individuals and groups who we directly or indirectly know and may already have a relationship with.

Smaller group setting with an invite to co-host a larger community conversation

  • Affordable Housing
  • Criminal Legal Reform
  • Disability Rights
  • Economic Justice
  • Free Speech
  • Homelessness
  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Indigenous Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Multifaith
  • Privacy & Technology
  • Racial Justice
  • Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Voting Rights
Phase 2

(September 6-November)

Community conversations, often co-hosted by individuals and groups who connected in phase 1.

Zoom and in-person meetings will be offered (in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols)

TBD (see phase 1)
Phase 3

(November 2021 – January 2022)

Community conversations with legislators and elected officials. Preparation trainings will be offered.

A chance to get community and policy makers in the same room to hear one another’s priorities.

Zoom and in-person meetings will be offered (in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols)

TBD (see phase 1)


Expanding the Table for Justice Team

Deborah Richardson,
Executive Director
(She, Her, Hers)

Julian Camera,
Field Organizer
(He, Him, His)

Anna Salinas,
Executive Assistant
(She, Her, Hers)

Nicole Loy,
(She, Her, Hers)

Kelly Yue,
Public Policy Fellow
(She, Her, Hers)

Get in Touch

To schedule a conversation, or speak directly with an ETFJ team member about the project, email TableForJustice@aclu-co.org and CC jcamera@aclu-co.org. You can also reach us by phone at (720) 402-3110.

If you wish to provide feedback but do not wish to have a larger group conversation, you may use this form to let us know how we can further Expand the Tables for Justice in Colorado: Expanding the Table for Justice Survey